ATOSSA
 
 
Rio De Janeiro, Barbados and Wilmington
 
‘Atossa’ next set sail on 16th August 1888; the Agreement which the crew, in signing on accepted, stated that the ship was to travel from ‘Newport to Rio De Janeiro and/or to ports or places within the limits of 75 degrees North and 60 degrees South, the maximum time to be one year trading in any rotation and to end in the United Kingdom or on the Continent of Europe between the Elbe and Brest inclusive at the Masters option, calling at a port for orders if required.’
The Western Mail newspaper reported that ‘Atossa’ was carrying coal as her cargo.
The crew list was: -
 

NAME

AGE OR YEAR & PLACE OF BIRTH

RANK

PREVIOUS SHIP

Joseph E. Robinson

30 - Littlehampton

Master

Same Ship

James Grevett

28 - Littlehampton

Mate

Same Ship

Henry C. Hemming

22 – Mickleton, Gloucester

2nd Mate

Chaernian, Bristol

John Elleson

26 – Wallsend-on-Tyne

Cook/Steward

Same Ship

H. Jacobs

33 - Germany

AB

Pacific, Swansea

F. Clarke

18 - Littlehampton

AB

Pacific, Swansea

Samuel Dable

45 - Bristol

AB

Lucknow

Stanley Haddleton

23 -Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

AB

Pacific, Swansea

John Boyle

25 - Dublin

AB

Pacific, Swansea

C. O’Reilly

22 - Queenstown

AB

Columbine (Pilot)

J. Brown

17 – Newport, Mon.

AB

Kairospy

Robert Pope

18 - Wolverhampton

AB

First Ship

 
The Agreement showed the Master and Mates Certificate numbers of Joseph E. Robinson - 03727; James Grevett – 09961 and Henry C. Hemming – 019650.
Grevett was shown as ‘In Pay’ from the 8th August 1888. Hemming and Elleson signed on, on the 14th August 1888 and joined the ship ‘at once’. Jacobs, Clarke, Dable, Haddleton and Boyle also signed on, on the 14th August 1888. Clarke, Haddleton and Boyle joined the ship ‘at once’; Jacobs and Dable were to report at 6am on the 16th August 1888. O’Reilly, Brown and Pope all signed on, on the 15th August 1888 and joined the ‘Atossa’ at 6am the following morning.
Rates of pay were: -
 

RANK

WAGES PER
CALENDAR MONTH

ADVANCE
OF WAGES

MONTHLY
ALLOTMENT

Mate

£6 0s 0d

-

£4 0s 0d

2nd Mate

£4 0s 0d

-

-

Cook & Steward

£4 0s 0d

-

-

 AB : Jacobs, Dable, Haddleton, Boyle

£2 15s 0d

£2 15s 0d

-

 AB : Clarke

£2 15s 0d

 -

-

AB : O’Reilly,

£1 10s 0d

-

-

AB : Brown

£1 10s 0d

£1 10s 0d

-

AB : Pope

£1 0s 0d

-

-

 
On this voyage, food rations were to be, per crew member: -
1lb of bread every day.
1½lbs of beef on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
1¼lbs of pork on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
½lb of flour on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
⅓ pint of peas on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
⅓lb rice on Saturdays.
A daily allowance of ⅛oz of tea.
A daily allowance of ½oz of coffee.
A daily allowance of 2ozs of sugar.
A daily allowance of 3 quarts of water.
At the Master’s option, no spirits allowed’ on board.
Henry Chapman Hemming was baptised in Mickleton, Gloucestershire on the 1st April 1866. His parents were Samuel and Emily Charlotte Hemming. At the age of fifteen, Henry was shown in the 1881 Census as a pupil at the ‘Albert Middle Class College’ in Framlingham, Suffolk.
‘Atossa’ reached Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the 9th October 1888. The Agreement was deposited with the British Consulate on the 10th October 1888 and returned to Joseph E. Robinson on the 31st October 1888 in order that the ship could continue.
 
Rio De Janeiro 1889
Rio de Janeiro 1889
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The ‘Dues and Charges on Shipping at Foreign Ports’ manual described Rio de Janerio as “in lat. 22.54.42 S., long. 43.9 W. Distance by sea from Liverpool 5,130 miles. The harbour is one of the largest in the world, and can scarcely be excelled. There are no dangers in entering, the least water 5½ fathoms. The average time occupied by foreign ships discharging and loading amounts to 60 days. Exports – Coffee, sugar, hides, horns, rice, rum, rosewood, and iron ore. Imports – Cotton and silk manufactures, flour, wine, hardware, salt fish, butter, coals, cordage, copper, iron, lead, leather, paint, salt, tea, vermicelli, wax, cereals, and all kinds of manufactures.”
The crew remained the same for the second stage of this journey, from Rio de Janeiro to Barbados in the West Indies.
‘Atossa’ arrived in Barbados on the 1st December 1888 and the Master deposited the Agreement with the Deputy Superintendent at the Maritime Marine Office the same day. The ship stayed in port only four days until the 5th December 1888, when she set sail for Wilmington, North Carolina, USA. Once again, the crew remained the same.
By the 10th December 1888 ‘Atossa’ had arrived on the Cape Fear River in Wilmington. It was recorded in the Agreement that John Boyle had deserted the ship in port. Two days later, on the 12th December 1888, H. Jacobs and Robert Pope also deserted.
Wilmington is shown in the ‘Dues and Charges on Shipping at Foreign Ports’ manual as “situated on Cape Fear River, about 30 miles from the bar. The result of the work done by government in the river and bar is that vessels drawing 21ft can go from Wilmington to Southport, and 24ft from Southport to sea, this at high water. Exports – Cotton, resin, crude turpentine, tar, spirits of turpentine, pitch, lumber, timber, gum logs, shingles, rice, pine fibre, and cotton factory goods.”
Also on the 12th December 1888, four men signed on, in the position of AB, for the journey across the North Atlantic to London. They were Henry Genet, John Gilmore, C. W. Wright and P. R. Brown. All were to be on board on the 14th December 1888 and each was to be paid £4 0s 0d per calendar month.
Genet, Wright and Brown joined the ship as instructed. Gilmore was listed in the Agreement as having deserted on the 14th December 1888.
That same day the Vice-Consul at the British Consulate endorsed the Agreement, “I hereby certify that the within named H. Jacobs, John Boyle, Robert Pope, John Gilmore were duly Reported as having deserted at this port – Henry Genet, John Gilmore, C. W. Wright, P. R. Brown have signed in my presence.”
The crew list for the voyage to the United Kingdom was: -
 

NAME

AGE OR YEAR & PLACE OF BIRTH

RANK

PREVIOUS SHIP

Joseph E. Robinson

30 - Littlehampton

Master

Same Ship

James Grevett

28 - Littlehampton

Mate

Same Ship

Henry C. Hemming

22 – Mickleton, Gloucester

2nd Mate

Chaernian, Bristol

John Elleson

26 – Wallsend-on-Tyne

Cook/Steward

Same Ship

F. Clarke

18 - Littlehampton

AB

Pacific, Swansea

Samuel Dable

45 - Bristol

AB

Lucknow

Stanley Haddleton

23 -Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

AB

Pacific, Swansea

C. O’Reilly

22 - Queenstown

AB

Columbine (Pilot)

J. Brown

17 – Newport, Mon.

AB

Kairospy

Henry Genet

43 -France

AB

James Mason

C. W. Wright

23 - Sunderland

AB

James Mason

P. R. Brown

19 - [?], U.S.

AB

[?]

 
‘Atossa’ reached the Port of London by the 23rd February 1889. All men except the Master were discharged that day and the balances of their wages paid to them.
They received the balances of wages: -
Hemming
Elleson
Clarke
Dable
Haddleton
O’Reilly
Brown J.
Genet
Wright
Brown P. R.
£20 11s 7d £18 6s 4d
£4 4s 8d
£8 1s 10d £11 9s 3d
£12 4s 1d
£4 9s 2d
£5 2s 8d
£4 14 7d
18s 3d
A ‘Supplementary Release at Termination of Voyage’ document dated the 14th March 1889 showed that James Grevett was paid 12s 10d, being the balance of wages owed in his capacity as 1st Mate, releasing both him and his employer, Joseph Robinson from all claims in respect of the voyage that commenced in Newport on the 9th August 1888 and terminated in London on the 11th March 1889. These dates include time spent with the ship before and after the actual voyage; the dates that he was ‘In Pay’.
 
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The Construction of Atossa Swansea to Valparaiso and return 1873 James Grevett
The Shipbuilding Thompson Family The 1874 and 1875 Voyages The Caribbean 1889
The Mercantile Navy List 1864 A Change of Master 1876 Grevett as Master
The First Master and Crew New Owner and New Ports 1877 The 1890/1891 Survey
Dover to Valparaiso 1863-1864 Sugar and Onboard Offences The Final Voyage
Peru and Wales Demerara and London 1878-1879 Places Index
Chile and back 1864-1865 The Far Side of the World 1879-1881 Place Connections
Clements becomes Master South Africa and India 1881-1882 Surnames Index
Official Log Entries 1866-1867 The Robinson Family Ships Index
Return to Chile 1867 Ceylon and New York 1882-1883 Map of Chile
Chile Again 1868-1869 Brazil and India 1883-1884 Sources
Swansea to Coquimbo return 1869-1870 Cape Verde and the West Indies 1885  
Chile and New York 1870-1871 October 1885 to October 1886  
South America and Europe 1871 Twenty-One Months Away © atossa.uk 2020
 
 
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